Tooth Sensitivity While Chewing: Taking the Joy Out of Eating

Apr 14, 2017 @ 09:00 AM — by Neil L. Starr, DDS

A woman holding her jaw in pain due to tooth sensitivityEating should be one of life’s pleasures, not something that you tolerate or, even worse, dread. Yet, if you experience tooth sensitivity while chewing, eating may well have become a chore to you, and an uncomfortable one at that. Fortunately, modern restorative dentistry treatments have the power not only to return form, function, and health to your mouth if you suffer from tooth sensitivity, but also to improve your overall quality of life.

The truth is that you don’t have to live with tooth sensitivity. In the vast majority of cases, tooth sensitivity can be traced to a definitive cause that, once diagnosed, can be treated. At our cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry practice, Dr. Neil L. Starr can pinpoint the source of your tooth sensitivity and prescribe a treatment plan that will address its underlying oral health problems.

In discussing tooth sensitivity and chewing during consultations at his Washington, DC practice, Dr. Starr explains that tooth sensitivity is often a warning sign of problems that will only become worse if left untreated. By treating these problems at a relatively early stage, you are potentially saving yourself time, money, and considerable pain while also restoring your ability to chew without discomfort.

Are you tired of experiencing tooth sensitivity while chewing? If so, please schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Neil L. Starr today.

Treatment Options for Tooth Sensitivity

In general, tooth sensitivity results from the exposure of tubules that lead to the nerves within the tooth. There are thousands of these microscopic tubules that can be accessed from the dentin layer of the tooth. The dentin is protected by enamel above the gum line and a substance called cementum below the gum line. When the enamel or cementum become eroded or are otherwise breached, the dentin and the openings to the tubules are uncovered.

To put a halt to tooth sensitivity and prevent further damage to the tooth, Dr. Starr must restore protection to the dentin. Depending on the amount of damage that has been done to the tooth, he may first need to remove any decayed material. If your tooth sensitivity is the result of infected dental pulp, root canal surgery will be necessary in order to restore the tooth.

If, however, the tooth is essentially structurally sound and requires only that the exposed dentin be concealed once again, this may be accomplished through:

  • The placement of a dental crown, custom-crafted to cover the entire surface area of the tooth above the gum line
  • The attachment of porcelain veneers to the surfaces of front teeth that have suffered enamel erosion
  • Gum disease treatments, in which pockets that have formed between the gums and the teeth are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, and the gums are then sutured snugly to the teeth

Learn More about Tooth Sensitivity and Chewing

To learn more about tooth sensitivity and chewing, or to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Neil L. Starr, please contact our cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry practice today.

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